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dog days
noun: 1. The hottest period of the summer. 2. A period of stagnation, lethargy, inactivity, or decline.



lionize
verb tr.: To view or treat someone as an object of great importance.



chicken hawk
noun: 1. Any of various hawks believed to be preying on chickens. 2. A person who favors military action, yet has avoided military service.



blackbird
noun: 1. Any of various birds having black plumage. 2. An indentured laborer or slave kidnapped from the South Pacific. verb tr.: To kidnap a person to work as an indentured laborer or slave. verb intr.: To engage in slave trade.



spread-eagle
noun: An emblematic representation of an eagle with outspread wings. verb tr.: To position someone with arms and legs stretched out. verb intr.: 1. To assume the form of a spread eagle. 2. To be boastful or bombastic in a display of nationalistic pride. adjective: 1. Lying with arms and legs stretched out. 2. Boastful or bombastic in a display of nationalistic pride.



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